THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS
Last week we had our second look at the Epistle to the Romans with a study of Romans 1:8-17. This week, we conclude our initial look at Romans by finishing our work on the first chapter of Romans. Please read carefully and prayerfully Romans 1:18-32 and then answer the following questions from our Bible Study Assignment from Romans:
What do you think Paul means in Romans 1:18, when writes about the “wrath of God?” Why did God have such wrath, then?
In Romans 1:19, Paul says God had made knowledge of Himself, “plain to them.” How did God make knowledge of Himself, plain? Who is the “them” in this verse?
In Romans 1:20, Paul says “men are without excuse” when it comes about knowing the invisible qualities of God’s eternal power and His divine nature. Why do you think he says there is no excuse for not knowing God? Do people who have never heard about God have an excuse for not knowing Him?
Paul indicts them by saying that “although they knew God,” they didn’t thank Him or glorify Him. What do you think Paul means when he says “knew God?” Can that same charge be made today about Christians who know Him but don’t thank and glorify Him?
In Romans 1:22, Paul says “they claimed to be wise, they became fools.” How did they become fools? Where in the Psalms is fool described?
In Romans 1:24 Paul says “God gave them over to shameful lusts”, which seems to contradict God’s nature and His love for us. What do you think “gave them over,” means?
In Romans 1: 26-27, Paul warns against homosexual behavior. In those days homosexuality was so widespread that research shows that 14 of the first 15 Roman Emperors were homosexuals! Since Jesus is never quoted as condemning homosexuality, what do you think is Paul’s basis for the criticism of homosexuality as being out of a right relationship with God?
In Romans 1:28-32, Paul gives a list of behaviors and actions that God considered wicked and evil. Name five things that Paul has listed that are unacceptable to God? Since Paul seems to equate all of these sins as just as bad as homosexuality, why do you think more criticism is made against the homosexual behavior today than against these other “sins?”
QUESTION FOR ALL: What do you think Paul means in Romans 1:32 by the phrase “approve of those who practice,” those sins then?
NEXT WEEK WE START ON THE BOOK OF GALATIANS. PLEASE READ GALATIANS CHAPTER 1.